PEORIA (WEEK) -- The run is on but even one of Peoria's largest athletic events is feeling the pinch of Covid-19.
While the Steamboat Classic returns June 19 to the downtown area,
concerns over social distancing - even while running - led organizers to cut the 15k or 9 mile run from the program.
Event organizer Philip Lockwood hopes that this brings back some normalcy to runners in central Illinois.
"Those who have been stuck at home and bouncing between the couch and their kitchen table, which has also served as a desk for many in the last year, are hoping that this provides some inspiration and goal for them to get out and start doing something," Philip Lockwood, Managing Director of the 47th Steamboat Classic.
The 4 mile and 1 mile runs will go on, but masks are required for runners, volunteers and spectators.
The last Steamboat Classic was held in June of 2019 in the rain.